CEFL BOWL XIII REVIEW
With 4,000 fans looking on a Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria, the Swarco Raiders defeated the Istanbul Koc Rams from Turkey 49-20 to capture CEFL Bowl XIII and repeat as CEFLchampions.
Behind a sparkling second half performance by Sandro Platzgummer, when he scored three of his four touchdowns, the Raiders broke open a tense football game and won going away.
Wide receiver, Fabian Abfalter, (#80) was also brilliant scoring the other three touchdowns for the Raiders, all in the first half on passes from quarterback Sean Shelton. Thomas Pichlmann kicked all seven PATs.
For the Rams, quarterback David Whipple was again superb scoring one touchdown and throwing for another. Running back Ja Vontae Hence also scored as did Kaan Özer.
Platzgummer opened the scoring in the first quarter from seven yards out giving Swarco a 7-0 lead. But on the next series, Ja Vontae Hence broke two sure tackles and sprinted 98 yards to tie the game at 7-7.
The Shelton to Abfalter show took center stage as the duo combined for two straight touchdowns as Abfalter kept getting behind the Rams secondary and with Shelton’s pinpoint passes he was tough to cover. Whipple responded though battling his way to the end zone from the 15 yard line to close the gap to 21-14.
Shelton wasted no time. On the next possession he hoisted a perfectly thrown 40 yard touchdown pass to Abfalter who hauled it in crossing the goalline to increase the Raiders lead to 28-14 just before the half.
The Rams came out in the second half with Whipple marching his team to the Swarco 15 yard line before connecting with Özer to narrow the lead to 28-20.
That was as close as they got. The rains came and so did Platzgummer. In a sudden heavy downpour, Platzgummer was unstoppable in the second half reeling off touchdown runs of 10 and 70 yards. Then he scored on an amazing 45 yard punt return, breaking four tackles and leaving would-be tacklers flailing their arms and sealing the final score, 49-20.